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Arko Art Center’s Thematic Exhibition "Memory-Space".. and More

Arko Art Center

Arko Art Center’s Thematic Exhibition "Memory-Space"

“Memory·Space” Installation view at Arko Art Center, 2023 ©Arko Art Center

The Arko Art Center on Daehak-ro will host the thematic exhibition “Memory-Space” from April 14 to July 23. This exhibition is planned to give visitors a new experience of the museum as it approaches its 50th anniversary. 

The museum was designed by Kim Swoogeun, the first generation of modern architects, after Seoul National University moved to Gwanak, on the site of the former Keijo Imperial University and Seoul National University College of Liberal Arts. Located within Marronnier park on Daehak-ro, a former site of the democracy movement and a symbol of youth culture, it has supported various generations of artists.

The exhibition centers on memories of the Arko Art Center and the park where it is located, which have been important influences on contemporary art. Through the eyes of contemporary artists, it attempts to create an artistic record that deals with personal and social memories formed through the medium of space.

A total of nine artists (teams) from Korea and abroad will participate, presenting 23 paintings, sculptures, and video sound installations that capture the various narratives of the museum. In addition to the exhibition halls, archive lounge, and project space, the works can be found in places outside of the traditional exhibition space, such as the outdoor lobby, passageways, and stairwell restrooms. This works installed in these spaces have been created and installed specifically to fit the characteristics of the space.

Museum Hanmi Samcheong

Solo Exhibition by Jeong Kyungja, Selected for '22/23 Young Photographer Portfolio': “Another Face”

“Another Face” Installation view at Museum Hanmi Samcheong, 2023 ©Aproject Company

Museum Hanmi Samcheong will present “Another Face,” a solo exhibition by Jeong Kyungja (b. 1974), from April 7 to June 4.

Museum Hanmi has been supporting the contemporary photography scene since 2015. It has been organizing the ‘Young Photographers Portfolio’ with the goal of expanding the field of exchange by seeking collaborations with artists. For this year’s ’22/23 Young Photographers Portfolio’, we tried to select works that can be shown through images rather than many descriptions. As a result, Jeong Kyungja was selected to have a solo exhibition.

Jeong’s work is full of silence and uneasy strangeness. The objects and spaces within the frame are unfamiliar and awkward. Instead, following the arrangement of the work, which varies from exhibition to exhibition, suggests the occurrence of a third narrative that is different from the narrative of image and invites the viewer to create their own story. In this way, “Another Face” is part of Jeong’s journey toward the stories that emerge when images of the world as she perceives it are gathered, stacked, and mixed together.

The exhibition features 25 works, including a new series titled ‘Uncanny.’ The ‘Uncanny’ series begins with the question of whether everything surrounding the artist is real or imaginary, and whether the past and future me are the same entity as the present me.

During the exhibition, on April 29 and May 13, workshops will be held for the general public and photography students interested in photography.

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